Opinion / Commentary
The homicide rate for indigenous women in Canada is believed to at least seven times higher than for non-indigenous women.
By: Jacqueline Hansen
Ten years ago, when Amnesty International began researching the issue of violence against indigenous women in Canada, we were shocked to learn that police in Canada could not answer the simple and urgent question of how many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women have been murdered or gone missing. A decade later this question remains unanswered. What’s even more shocking is the fact that the lack of official statistics continues to be used as an excuse for inaction.